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The Virginia Equine Welfare Society, Inc. (VEWS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all volunteer based Virginia corporation working to prevent equine abuse and neglect. Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate equines in need and to prevent equine abuse and neglect through education and community awareness. We provide safe housing, medical and rehabilitation services to abused neglected, abandoned, unwanted and other at-risk equines and eventually, at the appropriate time, place them into caring, compatible adoptive homes. Due to the nature of our work with abused horses the age requirement for volunteering is 14.
VEWS educates equine owners on the proper care and handling of their horses. We work strictly within the boundaries of the law to help law enforcement officials remove equines from owners when education of the owner has failed.
VEWS offers education to the public about the problem of neglect and abuse by setting up and staffing information booths at public events including fairs, horse shows, fundraising events, etc.
VEWS offers education to law enforcement officers/animal control officers and the public on how to effectively investigate equine cruelty cases through our three day Equine Cruelty Investigator Training Class.
VEWS provides rehabilitation services including transportation, safe housing, veterinary care, farrier care, proper nutrition and anything else required for the individual animal in order to restore them to optimal health. Rehabilitation and retraining is paramount in order to find our equines forever homes.
Due to the nature of our work with abused horses the age requirement for volunteering is 14.